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Northstone chooses Renault

Northern Ireland’s leading supplier of quarry aggregates, concrete products and road contracting services, Northstone Materials, has ordered the first twelve 32 tonne Renault Range C430 8x4s to join its DAF dominated fleet in a significant deal for Renault Trucks.


Impressive fuel performance and additional payload were key factors in the company’s vehicle purchase decision, which followed a competitive tender process. The trucks, supplied by local approved Renault Trucks dealer Diamond Trucks, include 6 Range C430s fitted with Hymix mixer units and a further 6 with insulated tipping bodies by Coleraine-based Farlow Engineering.  A further 6 Range C430s are on order.

The Renault Range Cs, which replace DAF, are on a 5 year operating lease through Renault Trucks Financial Services. Commenting on the decision to bring the first Range Cs onto Northstone Materials’ fleet, Commercial Director, Richard McDermott says: “Fuel performance is our main issue. We’ve had good experience with some Renault Premium tractor units on our fleet, which ensured Renault Trucks were invited to tender. We asked all the manufacturers to demonstrate mpg – the Range C’s impressive fuel performance, together with an additional half tonne payload and the competitive cost of leasing the vehicles, determined our decision.  The additional payload is important, but the biggest saving is in mpg.  A couple of months on the road and the Range C430s are running very well, already achieving 8.5mpg, around a mile per gallon advantage over other vehicles on the fleet.  Our drivers are also very pleased with the trucks.”

The Range Cs work out of Northstone Materials’ bases across Northern Ireland, with the tippers primarily geared towards road contracting operations, delivering black top, stone and gravel, while the mixer units deliver concrete for customer supply.  Average haul distances vary, with some trucks based in rural areas and other vehicles operating in urban and city environments.
Northstone Materials Division has been supplying the construction industry in Northern Ireland over the last sixty years, delivering quality quarry products, ready mixed concrete, mortar, concrete products, NorthTHERM liquid floor screed, roof tiles and sand, as well as road and roofing contract services.  Its combined product portfolio and associated services consistently achieves an unrivalled reputation for quality, value and service excellence. 
Northstone Materials is part of Northstone NI, the leading construction materials producer, utility chamber manufacturer and building and civil engineering contractor in Northern Ireland, with locations strategically located across the province and also in Cambridge, Edinburgh, Liverpool and Roscommon.  Northstone NI is part of CRH plc, the Dublin-based buildings materials multinational.